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The Truth About Pandemic Pet Returns in the USA

A series of alarming headlines have emerged over the past couple months alleging that the new wave of pandemic pet parents are returning their quarantine pals as life resumes some form of normalcy. However, there appears to be no truth to these reports, as animal shelters across the country indicate that there has been no significant change in their intake of pets.

I’ve hesitated to touch on this topic because I’m an advocation of adoption and, aside from extreme lifestyle changes or other serious issues, I disagree with teasing pets with a glimpse of the good life only to take it away from them. However, I always struggled to believe that the claims of pet returns over the past couple months are true. Let’s look at this holistically: Given the multiple benefits pets provide to their owner, why would pet parents give that up?

As humans, we tend to remember who was there for us during the hard times—and our pets are no exception. Over the past 15 months, pets provided comfort, stability and a sense of purpose for those who found themselves suddenly isolated and quarantined. Our pandemic pets helped owners remain active, placated their emotions and generally supported them—all without knowing it.

While it’s for the best that pet parents are keeping their pandemic pals, it does pave the way for a troubling issue: Separation anxiety. As pets supported their new parents emotionally, a sort of co-dependency was formed as humans and pets alike relied on each other and grew accustomed to each other’s presence. From that, an understandable concern emerges about how pets will react when their owners spend most of their days at work.

Luckily, there’s a social media-wide push for offices to open their doors and welcome pets into the workspace as the masses return to work. Even though the success of that campaign is yet to be seen, here’s to hoping I write about the rise of pet-friendly offices in a couple of months.

Source: USA Pet Business